• Reinforcing Speech and/or Language Skills

    I generally do not send papers home because most of our practice in speech therapy is oral.  If you are interested in helping your child work toward meeting his or her speech/language goals at home, please contact me via e-mail at rherring@duplinschools.net.  I may be able to send worksheets home with your child that target our IEP goals, or I may suggest other activities you can do at home. 

     The most important thing you can do to reinforce better speech and language skills is to TALK and READ with your child!  Ask questions about what they have seen, heard, or read.  "Wh" questions (who, what, when where, why) will increase their comprehension skills.  Critical stance questions (questions that help children think beyond the story, i.e.- What would the character have done if...  How would you have solved the problem...  Why do you think the character did this...) help your children develop critical thinking skills. 

    For children with specific sound problems, remember to be patient.  Sometimes children can produce the sounds perfectly in speech therapy, but still have difficulty producing their newly learned sounds in their everyday conversation.  When your child pronounces something incorrectly, continue to model the correct production for them.  Emphasize how you move your lips or tongue to make the target sound and try to have them repeat you, but never to the point of frustration.  Point out common error sounds in words when you are reading for enjoyment.  This will increase their awareness of the sounds in print.

     Working with your child at home will greatly influence progress in speech, as I only see them for a limited time each week.